In the summer of 2019, Guyana suffered their usual high spring tides. But this time, the country lacked the necessary shore defenses provided by the mangroves on the mud flats.
The high tides breached the meagre defenses and poured across the highway into unprotected agricultural lands of rice, vegetables and livestock, inundating the land with salt water.
Additionally, Guyana has had over 9 billion barrels of resources discovered by a group of Integrated Oil Companies (IOCs) offshore. Production began in November 2019 and will continue to increase over the coming years as at least six new developments come onstream. These developments will emit very large quantities of GHGs, with averages of over 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) for each development EVERY YEAR for the next 20 to 25 years.